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How to make a diamond from scratch - with peanut butter

Understanding the way diamonds are formed deep in the Earth could explain how life evolved on our planet. So a team in Germany are attempting to forge the gemstones themselves, from carbon dioxide – and peanut butter. David Robson reports.<p>Every so often, Dan Frost hears a dull thud and his office …

Biology student recreates PhD thesis in dance

Uma Nagendra used her acrobatic skills to showcase her PhD thesis using the medium of dance<p>The devastating impact of tornadoes on the environment is easy to see.<p>But PhD student Uma Nagendra has discovered that natural disasters actually help trees – and has chosen to demonstrate the phenomena via …

Europe Was a Melting Pot From the Start, Ancient DNA Reveals

Genetic analysis of a 37,000-year-old human bone from Russia suggests widespread intermingling during Paleolithic times.<p>Modern Europeans have genetic ties that bind them together much further back in time than once thought, scientists report after analyzing a prehistoric Russian man's DNA.<p>Scraps of …

Maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle after all

Last year CERN announced the finding of a new elementary particle, the Higgs particle. But maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle, maybe it just looks …

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Here’s how it works<p>The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion …

George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science

Amid growing signs that gender bias has affected research outcomes and damaged women's health, there’s a new push to make science more relevant to them.<p><i>This story was updated on January 21, 2015, to include a video of the author addressing the Rosalind Franklin Society, a women's leadership group,</i> …

Dinosaurs Had Feathers Long Before Any Could Fly, And Now Scientists Know Why

Why did dinosaurs have feathers millions of years before the first reptiles took to the air?<p>Paleontologists have been puzzling over that question for years. But now an answer may finally be at hand, thanks to a fascinating new study by researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany.<p>“Until now, …

'Ghostly presence' created in lab

<b>Feelings of a ghostly presence - the sense that someone is close-by when no-one is there - lie in the mind, a study has concluded.</b><p>Scientists say that they have identified the parts of the brain that are responsible for generating these spooky sensations.<p>They have also created an experiment that …

'Ebola is man-made', and other crazy conspiracy theories

Is Obama behind the Ebola outbreak? Are planes poisoning us? Is Lady Gaga part of an evil Illuminati plot? The five conspiracy theories you won't believe people believe<p><b>The best conspiracy theories are</b> like enchanting mazes of logic whose thresholds, once crossed, are hard to return from. As …

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans

Telepathy is the stuff of science fiction. But what if the dystopian futurists were on to something? What if our brains could directly interact with each other, bypassing the need for language? The idea isn't quite so far fetched, according to a recent University of Washington study in which …